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R.I.P. Alan Rickman

I paid tribute to the late (so hate saying that) Alan Rickman over at Rogerebert.com, including my memory of seeing him onstage in the unforgettable Broadway production of Noel Coward’s Private Lives, opposite Lindsay Duncan. I still have the poster, … Continue reading

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Rock. Stars.

Keith Richards. Tina Turner. David Bowie.

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R.I.P. David Bowie

He helped show what was possible. He embodied possibility. He was true to himself and part of that meant willingness to change. Not even willingness: he had to change, because he was alive. And human beings are not static. And … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Vilmos Zsigmond, Part II

Glenn Kenny has a beautiful tribute to the work of this legendary cinematographer. Zsigmond not only worked in a flexible way, adjusting his style to the material, he was a personal artist: he shared with us how he saw the … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Vilmos Zsigmond

One of the best cinematographers to ever practice the craft. A genius. He shot Deer Hunter, Deliverance, The Long Goodbye, McCabe and Mrs. Miller, Close Encounters of the Third Kind … I mean, that alone would put him in the … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Gunnar Hansen, aka “Leatherface”

Gannar Hansen, the original villain in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre has died at the age of 68. In his 2013 book Chain Saw Confidential: How We Made the World’s Most Notorious Horror Movie, Hansen wrote: The reason I want … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Maureen O’Hara

I was barely home this weekend, so I did not have a chance to commemorate the passing of the extraordinarily beautiful, talented, and sexy-feisty Maureen O’Hara. Coincidentally, I was hired a couple of weeks ago to write an essay about … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday to the Great Joan Fontaine

A re-post of the tribute I wrote about Joan Fontaine when she died in December of 2013. While filming “The Women”, in 1939, Joan Fontaine, who played “the sheep” Peggy, was surrounded by powerhouse scene-stealers with far more acting experience … Continue reading

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“I think you can do your article by thinking about the film for yourself. I’m not the writer. I have already done the film—so now it’s your work.” – Director Chantal Akerman

The outpouring of loss in response to the death of Belgian experimental and influential (so influential that I think it will be a generation before we really can get a handle on it) has been intense and personal. People feel … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Chantal Akerman

The news of the death of pioneering Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman, came as a shock this morning. Even worse, it is being reported as a suicide (although I’ve read different reports), which, if true, is just heart-breaking and awful. Akerman … Continue reading

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